A Great Northern Diver (Gavia immer) was observed at Oued Massa today, 25 February 2016, by Anders Wiig Nielsen. This is the 9th record for Morocco.
"The bird was seen from 12.00 a.m. until 12.34 where it flows West towards the river mouth. Early this morning (26 Feb) I saw another loon sp. briefly, flying south from Sidi R'bat, only approximately 2 km from Oued Massa".
The Welsh birder Gareth Stamp observed the bird the previous day, but he didn't know that the species is a rarity in Morocco. He commented the following:
"I am a visiting birder from Wales, UK. My first trip to Morocco. I visited Oued Massa on 24th February. The Great Northern Diver was present around midday not far from the estuary mouth. I did inform two Dutch birders who were also staying at the same hotel. Apologies for the delay in getting the news out. I was unsure of its significance until I saw it on your blog. Thanks all!"